IBT: Apple’s MacBook Pro Touch Bar is the coolest thing ever; will change the way we use laptops

“Apple has done it again. The MacBook Pro series came to life after almost four years and it is certainly one of the finest works by Apple,” Sami Khan writes for International Business Times. “The Cupertino-based tech giant unveiled three new MacBook Pro machines on Thursday, two of which change the way we use laptops.”

“Apple’s MacBook Pro 13-inch and 15-inch machines have something special in store for you. The most part of Apple’s Thursday event covered the uses of the latest Touch Bar, which is a long Retina display replacing the “function” keys on your keyboard,” Khan writes. “While there are a lot of things that make this Touch Bar unique, we are listing the top 8 things you can do with Apple’s new invention.”

• Photo and video editing was never so easy
• Browsing the web using Touch Bar
• Have some fun with emoji
• Control your entire screen with just taps and swipes
• Siri at your service
• Customize your Touch Bar the way you like it
• And no, the function keys are not dead
• Touch ID adds the extra touch

Khan writes, “This is the best shortcut for all your apps functions and settings Apple has ever had.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Only Apple. Wonder if it’s patented, as if that matters even a whit.

As we wrote during our live coverage, “This is the smart way to have Multi-Touch on your personal computer, as opposed to the stupidity of smearing fingers all over your Retina display.”

To us longtime Apple watchers, Cupertino seems to be saying, “Multi-Touch on the screen only when trackpads are not part of the device.”MacDailyNews, November 19, 2008

Does it make more sense to be smearing your fingers around on your notebook’s screen or on a spacious trackpad that’s designed specifically and solely to be touched? Apple thinks things through more than other companies… The iPhone’s screen has to be touched; that’s all it has available. A MacBook’s screen does not have to be touched in order to offer Multi-Touch™. There is a better way: Apple’s way.MacDailyNews, March 26, 2009

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  1. I have to agree with Kahn.

    I originally thought Apple would make the whole palm rest, track pad area an iPhone like touch pad.

    Apple obviously worked out a better way that uses the normal position of fingers on the keyboard to get to the interactive function icons in the Touch Bar.


    1. That was my prediction 6 months ago which I wanted.

      My guess is an OLED iPHone like track pad would use very little power, though. I would guess the backlighting also might go to sleep when you were only doing typing.

  2. The Touch Bar seems like a rather nice upgrade to me. I’m not sure what most users are looking for but the social types will definitely like all those emojis staring them in the face. I don’t like that emoji stuff at all, but I definitely appreciate the context UI of the Touch Bar. It’s like adding dozens of physical keys to a keyboard and once you familiarize yourself with those context keys, I think they’d be very helfpul in speeding up workflow. I’ve always liked customizable function keys. I don’t know why there is so much griping about the new MacBook Pro being not enough of an upgrade. I’d sure be delighted to have one of the new 15″ models. I definitely like the TouchID button for unlocking and Apple Pay. I guess I’m completely out of the loop when it comes to Apple laptops. I think they’re terrific. My only beef is with the desktop and pro Macs being weak on graphic capabilities.

    I think the Microsoft Surface Studio is a nice concept especially for those who like using a pen for input and editing. I also think the guts of the computer being in a separate box is much better than putting it in the display area because I believe it would be much easier to upgrade without having to pull apart the display. I’d also think it would be easier to keep cool. That’s just my opinion.

  3. Just been to the Regent Street Apple Store and played with the 15″ model. Left an hour later, lighter by £2k come December, for the 13″ 2.9GHz 512 SSD.
    And I don’t do impulse buying 😳
    The Touch Bar is freakin useful.

  4. I officially don’t get it. You have to lean over the trackpad and keyboard to get to it, when 90% of the time it would be more ergonomic just to use a keyboard shortcut or make a gesture on the trackpad (the trackpad is excellent BTW, that bit I do like). There are many great things about these laptops, graphics support being the greatest of all, but the touch bar? That to me is a bit of a gimmick.

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